How to Activate Full-Screen Mode in Google Chrome

Hide distractions and see more of the page

What to Know

  • Mac: Select the green circle in the upper-left corner of Chrome, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Command+F.
  • Windows: Press F11, or select the three dots in the upper-right corner and click the square icon in the Zoom section.
  • To make text larger, hold down the Ctrl or Command key and press plus (+) or minus (-) on the keyboard.

This article explains how to use full-screen mode on Google Chrome for Windows and macOS.

Enable and Disable Chrome Full-Screen Mode in macOS

For Chrome on macOS, in the upper-left corner of Chrome, select the green circle to go to full-screen mode, and select it again to return to the full-size screen.

Screenshot of green dot in upper left of full screen Chrome window in macOS

There are two other options to activate full-screen mode:

  • From the menu bar, select View > Enter Full Screen.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Command+F.

To exit full-screen mode, repeat this process.

Enable and Disable Full-Screen Mode in Chrome for Windows

The quickest way to get Chrome in full-screen mode in Windows is to press F11 on the keyboard. The other way is through the Chrome menu:

  1. In the upper-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three-dot) icon.

    Screenshot of Chrome web browser more three dots menu in Windows 10
  2. In the Zoom section, select the square icon on the right.

    Screenshot of fullscreen button in Chrome options in Windows 10
  3. To return to the standard view, press F11 or hover near the top of the screen and select the X button that appears.

What Is Chrome Full-Screen Mode?

Google Chrome full-screen mode hides distractions on your desktop, including the bookmarks bar, menu buttons, open tabs, and the operating system clock and taskbar. When you use full-screen mode, Chrome occupies all the space on the screen.

How to Zoom In and Out in Chrome

Full-screen mode displays more of the page, but it doesn't make the text larger. To make text larger, use the Zoom setting.

  1. In the upper-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three-dot) icon.

    Screenshot of Zoom tool for individual Pages in Chrome on Windows 10
  2. Go to Zoom and select + to enlarge the page contents or select - to reduce the size.

  3. Alternatively, use keyboard shortcuts to modify the size of the page contents. Hold down the Ctrl key (or the Command key on a Mac) and press the plus or minus keys on the keyboard to zoom in and out, respectively.

  • How do I make Chrome full screen on an iPad?

    If you want more screen space using the Chrome browser on an iPad, swipe up from the bottom of the page; this causes the toolbar to disappear, giving you more screen real estate. If you swipe down on the screen, the toolbar will reappear, and your screen will revert out of full-screen mode.

  • How do I clear the cache in Google Chrome?

    To clear the cache in Google Chrome, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Del (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Mac). Or, select Chrome's menu (three vertical dots) from the top-right and choose Settings > Advanced > Clear Browsing Data. Check Cached images and files and select Clear Data.

  • How do I add to Favorites in Google Chrome?

    Favorites are called Bookmarks in Google Chrome. To bookmark a web page, go to the web page and select the Star in the address bar. Or, select menu (three dots) > Bookmarks > Bookmark This Tab.

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